Bucatini all'Amatriciana

This is one of my all-time favorite pasta recipes, and here I am just giving it away. During times like this, when we are all stuck in the house/apartment/box/whatever, this is one of the most belly and heartwarming dishes you can make. Eat the night away and wake up forgetting that you live in the states.

• 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

• 4 oz. thinly sliced and chopped pancetta or bacon

• 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

• 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

• 3/4 cup minced white onion

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 1-28 oz. can peeled tomatoes with juices, crushed by hand (preferably San Marzano)

• Kosher salt, to taste

• 16 oz. dried bucatini (spaghetti or linguini can be substituted)

• 1/4 cup finely grated pecorino or Parmigiano cheese.


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add the pancetta or bacon. Sauté until crisp and golden, about 4 minutes. Add red pepper flakes, black pepper, white onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until soft, about 8 minutes.

  2. Add canned tomatoes, crush gently by hand, and reduce heat to low, simmer for 15-20 minutes until sauce thickens

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt generously. Once at a rolling boil, add dried pasta and stir occasionally, boil for 14-16 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

  4. Add drained pasta to sauce in skillet, and toss vigorously with tongs to coat. Add 1/2 cup of the pasta water, and cook until sauce is evenly coated over all the pasta. Stir in finely grated cheese and, enjoy!

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